Eyeglasses are an investment in good vision, and as it is with all of your investments, you should take great care in protecting them.
It is important to properly maintain and clean your eyeglasses so that they will serve you for a long time to come. If you are careless with your glasses, they will fail you sooner than you think!
Here are some do’s and don’ts when caring for your glasses;
Do: Wash Your Hands Thoroughly Before Touching Your Glasses:
Your hands may contain dirt and micro-organisms that could be transferred to your lenses. This is why it’s important to wash your hands before touching your glasses. Use antibacterial or mild, non-cosmetic soaps when doing so. Dry your hands afterward with a lint-free towel.
Do: Clean Your Glasses Thoroughly:
Use lukewarm tap water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid to clean your eyeglasses. Use gentle rubbing motions on both sides of your lenses. Eye Doctors explain that this produces mild friction that helps remove debris and dirt. Make sure all parts and corners of your glasses are cleaned.
Don’t: Use Household Cleaning Solvents:
Household cleaning solutions may contain chemicals or other harsh substances that could cause damage to your frame material and lens coating.
Don’t: Use Shirt Ends, Paper Towels or Other Materials to Wipe Them:
The coarse material of these items may scratch or leave debris on your lenses. Instead, use a lint-free towel or microfiber cloth.
Don’t: Set your frames/lenses down unprotected:
When you buy glasses, you will receive a protective case to store them. In the event that you don’t receive a case or you have lost yours, you will want to invest in one immediately. Don’t keep your eyeglasses lying around without their case. The risk in leaving your lenses unprotected is that you will expose them to debris that may end up scratching or permanently damaging your lenses. Also, avoid stuffing them into your handbag as they will be easily damaged by doing so.
Do: Always remove glasses from your face using two hands:
Removing your glasses using both hands will ensure that they don’t suffer any damage. Using two hands to remove the frames will prevent them from curving or bending. Using one hand may misalign the frames or even cause them to break.
Do: Store glasses in a hard-shell protective case:
The casing will protect your glasses from dust and airborne debris. If, for some reason, you don’t have a case for your glasses, always be conscious to place them with the lenses in an upward position to prevent them from scratching.
Do: Have Regular Eye Exams:
Keep in mind that both eyeglasses and contact lenses are medical devices. This means your optometrist needs to examine your eyes before prescribing you a pair. Regular eye exams can also help us monitor changes in your vision, making it easier to adjust your lens prescription.
We hope these tips can help in prolonging the life of our glasses and in turn better eyecare.